Necklace of Rare Bida Glass Beads from Nigeria and Baltic Amber M00662
This one-of-a-kind 18" long necklace is made of rare Bida glass beads from Nigeria and Baltic Amber.
The 6 amber nugget beads range from 6x11mm to 10x12mm, and are mostly butterscotch in color, with some inclusions of white and light yellow on some beads. The focal diamond-shaped bead in this necklace is about 22x25mm. It came on a strand of certified multi-color Baltic amber, but it is not clear if this particular bead is really amber. In particular, it does not fluoresce under UV light.
The dark honey color glass beads which dominate this strand are about 12.5x8.5mm and appear to be from Bida, Nigeria. They are rather rare as these beads have been out of production since roughly the 1950s. According to Liu (Collectible Beads, p 24), Francis (Beads of the World, p107), and others, Bida beads were the product of the unique hot glass bead industry in Africa. These were crude, dark, mandrel-wound, sparsely decorated beads, sometimes with white stripes. According to Peter Francis (Beads of the World) occasionally Bida beads were also made of melted recycled glass which produced a few more colors.
The necklace is completed with antiqued copper spacers and bead caps, and a copper magnetic clasp.
Please note that the beads are old and have traveled from afar. There are some nicks and chips and shape irregularities are expected, although the beads are generally in excellent condition for their age.
Marvelous experience purchasing from this shop: beautiful necklace, great communication, and fast dispatch and delivery! Would absolutely shop here again!
I love my new necklace! Exactly what I was looking for - authentic vintage moroccan berber khamsa pendant and beads tastefully combined. Had also very good experience with contacting the store with an inquiry that was answered promptly and in satisfactory manner. Would not hesitate to purchase from this store again! Thank you.
I purchased it as a gift and got many thanks! It is simply beautiful
I liked my necklace in person even better than on the website! It's so well done! Attention to detail is unbelievable! And this is exactly what I look for in my jewelry: I like it when everything including a clasp is artistic and high quality! I am coming back for more...
This necklace is so tasteful. I bought it as a gift but decided to keep it for myself!
Mexican Amber and Dominican Blu Amber, necklace and earrings Set, is beautiful !!!
Very light! I like very much !!!
Many thanks Anna!
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Thank you so much my wife loved it better than expected.
first of all, WOW, I am really happy with this necklace, more than imaginable; CROSSROADS continue to spread your light and wings with these beautiful pieces. God Bless.
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Finally received the earrings and they do not dissapoint.
Pale pink coral that goes with my other necklaces and a lot more. Thank you for your extra effort.
This 18' necklace is the last of the set, and I am so glad that I purchased it. Is beautiful with the pink coral and the silver accents, is a combination that I can wear in different ways. Very satisfied with the workmanship and quality of these pieces. Thanks.
Gorgeous necklace, really excited to wear it for special occasions!
Just received my necklace, This is exactly what I need to start 2021. My favorite combination of colours : bright orange and dark green. Nicely done! This is not just to show it off on my black cashmere turtleneck, I can hold it in my hands , look at it and enjoy it.
Anna (seller) was very accommodating, answered my questions and provide extra pictures of the necklace for me. Thank you Anna!
I purchased a second necklace to add to a previous one from this seller. The craftsmanship and beauty of the coral and pearls combined with sterling silver gives it antique-like effect that I love. Fast shipping and impecable packaging. Thanks.
Beautiful and artfully designed necklace. Love the pearls and the silver combined with the coral. Fast shipping and great connection with the seller.